Young chefs cook up a storm

Monday October 21, 2019 Written by Published in Education
One of the participants during the Potiki Makona Kai competition on Friday at the Punanga Nui market. 19102041 One of the participants during the Potiki Makona Kai competition on Friday at the Punanga Nui market. 19102041

In collaboration with World Food Day and World Chefs Day, the Cook Islands Chefs Association held their annual Potiki Makona Kai competition at the Punanga Nui markets on Friday.

 

The annual Young Food Championship, which started last year, had four schools participating.

Papaaroa School team of Raelyn Brothers and Tunui Aroka Moti won the first prize. The team was mentored by Karlene Taokia.

Second placing went to Apii Nikao team of Maiata Matheson and Arihoia Sprague-Marsters with mentor Caitlin Kinsella. Apii Avarua team of Ouxin and Rocklyn Taokia with mentor Kunal Nand finished third.

Apii Takitumu team of Klasasie Nia and Keanu Waaka with mentor Ovaia Liew and Tekoronga and Savannah Nia with mentor Vou Williams also participated in the competition.

With the support of sponsors, Ministry of Agriculture, Kia Orana Values and Cook Islands Tourism, Ministry of Health, Ki te Kopu, Akaieie Ltd, Muri Beach Club Hotel, RaroPro, and Terina Teiri-Karaiti and family, the organisers said they managed to hold another fantastic event.

They were also fortunate to have the Junior Chef Winner of Aotearoa, Caitlin Kinsella, who was resident at the Edgewater Resort.

Potiki Makona Kai is aimed at improving the Cook Islands Chefs Association’s profile by providing an engaging event for students and educating young people about food preparation and healthy eating.

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